Woman dies after car fire at Smokey Point I-5 rest stop

Two men heard a noise, saw flames and smoke, and ran to get her out.

SMOKEY POINT — A woman died after her car caught fire Tuesday evening at a rest stop along I-5.

Two men reportedly heard a pop at 8:51 p.m. and saw smoke and flames coming from a car parked at the southbound rest area, Washington State Patrol spokesman Travis Shearer said. They ran over and got her out of the Chevrolet Spark, a small sedan.

She had serious injuries from burns, Shearer said, and was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She died there early Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office because it happened at a state rest stop.

“We’re still not exactly sure what happened,” Shearer said.

A firefighter had a minor injury to his hand from a burn and was treated at an area hospital. No one else was injured.

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